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Gynakol Geburtshilfliche Rundsch. 2008;48(4):234-40. doi: 10.1159/000154808. Epub 2008 Dec 3.

[Family and career planning in young physicians].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung Psychosoziale Medizin, Universitätsspital Zürich, Zürich, Schweiz. barbara.buddeberg@usz.ch

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The study investigates in what way physicians integrate their desire to have children into their career planning.

METHODS:

Within the framework of a prospective cohort study of Swiss medical school graduates on career development of young physicians, beginning in 2001, 534 participants (285 women, 249 men) were assessed in January 2007, in terms of having children, planning to have children, the career aspired to and the work-family balance used or planned.

RESULTS:

Among the study participants, 19% (54) of the women and 24% (59) of the men have children. Of the others 88% plan to start a family in the future. Female physicians with children are less advanced in their careers than women without children; for male physicians no such difference can be observed. Of the female physicians with children or the desire for children 42% aspire to work in a practice, 28% to a clinical and only 4% to an academic career. Of the male physicians with children or the desire for children one third aspire to work in a practice, one third to a clinical and 14% to an academic career. The preferred model of work repartition of female physicians with children is father full time/mother part time or both parents part time; the preferred model of male physicians is father full time/mother part time or not working.

CONCLUSION:

Children are an important factor in the career and life planning of physicians, female physicians paying more attention to an even work-family balance than male physicians.

Copyright 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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